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Local HTC One S gets 1.7GHz S3 and not 1.5GHz S4

After repeated calls, emails and store visits, we’ve independently verified that the HTC One S that was released in the Philippines last week runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.7GHz and not the Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz.

When HTC Philippines finally launched the HTC One S (see our review here) with a suggested retail price of Php26,990, they told us differently.

I personally interviewed the Country Manager regarding the reason about the Snapdragon S4 to S3 switch and also referred to their official press release. Both sources gave me one answer — the local HTC One S will have a SnapDragon S4 1.5GHz.

However, we’ve been getting reports from customers that the units they see in retail stores were running a SnapDragon S3 1.7GHz processor.

I sent out an email to HTC’s local reps for clarification and also went to stores yesterday to inspect the units.

It turns out the ones being distributed in stores is the HTC One S running a Snapdragon S3 1.7GHz. This morning, I talked to their local rep and got a partial confirmation that the units really have a Snapdragon S3 in them and not an S4.

We are waiting for their official statement on this and they promised to send us a copy once it’s ready.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

15 Responses

  1. Avatar for jc jc says:

    amf talaga yung nabili one s villec2 version,,,, iwant complete refund from HTC,,, haizt sana nag xperia ion nalang ako kung laam ko lang na dito yung krait version… kaya pala nag taka ako bakit parang overclocked yung cpu tatuwa pa ko kasi sabi mas mabilis yun pala amf S3 tsk tsk tsk….

  2. Avatar for Name: jben Name: jben says:

    paano ba malalaman kung 1.7 S3 or 1.5 S4? i’m planning to buy it next week after “payday”. i wanna get value for my money :)

    • Avatar for mir mir says:

      tignan mo lang ang about phone/device dun sa settings. naka list dun ang processor niya.

  3. Avatar for nik nik says:

    it’s called S C2

  4. Avatar for reyner reyner says:

    i think pinalitan nila ung processor because most of the review mas nagustuhan ang performance ng one s because of krait s4 processor it doesnt heat up under much load compared to tegra 3 and the battery efficiency is way better tingin ko ng nmn sana nmn s4 lahat because some of the sales lady is not familiar with the item that they are selling eh..

  5. Avatar for josh josh says:

    i went to widget city yesterday to buy a one x, there i saw that what they are selling is the S4 1.5ghz One S. they also have the 1.5ghz s4 One X/ the At&t Version.

  6. Avatar for Ja Ja says:

    Does this batch of the HTC One S no longer have the alleged chipping issue on the black [MAO] one?

  7. Avatar for Nat Nat says:

    Gustong isahan ng htc ang mga consumers… Why buy an old processor in a new phone?

  8. Avatar for Epstein Epstein says:

    isn’t that false advertising???

  9. Avatar for Mach Mach says:

    Sayang, I was hoping to buy the phone. parang HTC Sensation lang siya, oveclock lang ang cpu and nadagdagan ng internal memory, advantage lang ng sensation, may removable battery and micro SD, regular sim din siya. I wonder if htc one s being sold at online store is the same with the official stores here in the philippines.

  10. Avatar for John John says:

    I really couldn’t care less but what the fuck HTC. You could’ve at least sell the One S at a cheaper price. Everyone can get the One X though… At just 1k more. Other retailers tend to sell the One S at a more expensive price than the One X.

    • Avatar for Kulam Kulam says:

      I still want the One S, but i agree with you that they could have at least sold it at a more reasonable price. Now im gonna hold out till s4 “probably” comes back to the One S (once the shortage of chips ends) or a better phone comes along,whichever comes first. Boo to you HTC.

  11. Avatar for Calvin Calvin says:

    confirmed na abe. nagreply na si mr. javier, S3 nga. :(

  12. Avatar for Roberto Lim Roberto Lim says:

    Well, other bloggers were also informed it was an S4. A quick Google search reveals that.

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